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August 25, 2014 10:30 AM UTC

Dr. Chaps: Jared Polis Wants To Behead America's Christians

  • by: Colorado Pols

MONDAY UPDATE #2: FOX 31's Eli Stokols with reaction from GOP chairman Ryan Call as Gordon Klingenschmitt apologizes for his self-described "hyperbole."

“Gordon, as I’ve said before, does not speak for the Colorado Republican Party,” Call told FOX31 Denver. “His views do not reflect my personal position or the position of the party.

“But this tired, ineffectual tactic of trying to brand all Republicans based on these comments — the Todd Akin approach [Pols emphasis] — it’s not going to work this time around,” Call continued. “Voters are too sophisticated. They know that one legislative candidate in Colorado Springs doesn’t reflect the views of Bob Beauprez or Cory Gardner.”


To summarize, Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call really doesn't want to accept that Klingenschmitt is the Republican Party's nominee for Colorado House District 15, a safe Republican seat–which means that barring the extraordinary, this man is headed for the Colorado Capitol in January as an elected GOP state representative. That makes "Dr. Chaps" Call's responsibility, to a significantly greater degree than if he was some lone crazy with a sandwich board.

Chairman Call fails to recognize this at his peril.


Gordon Klingenschmitt.
Gordon Klingenschmitt.

MONDAY UPDATE: House Speaker Mark Ferrandino calls on Colorado Republicans to speak out about "Dr. Chaps." From a press release (full text after the jump):

"I call on Ryan Call and other Republicans to denounce Mr. Klingenschmitt and his homophobic, extreme, and slanderous attacks against Congressman Polis."


Colorado House District 15's Republican nominee, Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, continues to shock national audiences with his video program–in which he has made statements that are, there's no nice way to say this, disqualifying from anything you'd call responsible politics. But after Klingenschmitt's victory in the June HD-15 primary, a relatively safe Republican district, the chances are pretty good that Dr. Chaps will be bringing his special brand of over-the-top distasteful lunacy to the Colorado Capitol next January.

When we say this guy is insane, do we really mean in a clinical sense, or just kind of, you know, metaphorically for politics? For those who still haven't heard about Dr. Chaps, we can't introduce him any better than Right Wing Watch:

Just let that sink in: a man who thinks that "Obamacare causes cancer," that the Bible commands people to own guns in order to "defend themselves against left wing crazies," and that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to "molest and visually rape your children" is now a Republican candidate for office.

Yes, folks, we mean crazy on the objective scale. And you really can't say that about many politicians.

Early this morning, Klingenschmitt possibly topped even his own very high mark for insanity. In an email from Klingenschmitt's Pray in Jesus' Name Project, a screed attacking Rep. Jared Polis that very straightforwardly blew us away:

Gay Congressman:  "No Religious Exemptions" for Christians

The openly homosexual Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a revised bill to force Christian employers and business owners to hire and promote homosexuals with ZERO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS for Christians who want to opt out.

Polis "wants sexual orientation and gender identity treated the same way as race, religion, sex, and national origin, when it comes to employment protections," claims the Advocate, under the headline "Polis trims ENDA's religious exemption."

Dr. Chaps' comment:  The open persecution of Christians is underway.  Democrats like Polis want to bankrupt Christians who refuse to worship and endorse his sodomy.  Next he'll join ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America. [Pols emphasis]

There's really no commentary necessary to elucidate how disgustingly inappropriate, false, nonsensical, whatever adjective you want to apply this is. To say this kind of talk has no place in Colorado politics is a major understatement. Perhaps the best that can be said is it's so far over the line, no one can take it seriously–but that brings us back to the fact that this man is the Republican nominee for a seat in the Colorado legislature.

Like it or not, many more people than Dr. Chaps should be ashamed right now.













"Speaker Ferrandino calls on Ryan Call & Colorado GOP to denounce Klingenschmitt and his extremist anti-gay remarks against Congressman Polis"


DENVER-Today, Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, called on Ryan Call and the Colorado Republican Party to denounce Gordon Klingenschmitt, Republican nominee for House District 15 after Klingenschmitt claimed in a newsletter from his Pray in Jesus Name Project that Rep. Polis would be "joining ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America."


 Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, said:


"The Colorado Republican Party has squandered their credibility over and over again with these kinds of over the top and offensive remarks.  They are far behind the people of Colorado when it comes to issues of basic fairness, civil rights, and apparently even common decency.


I call on Ryan Call and other Republicans to denounce Mr. Klingenschmitt and his homophobic, extreme, and slanderous attacks against Congressman Polis."


Colorado has made great progress recently on the issue of LGBT rights and fairness, first with the passage of the Colorado Civil Unions Act in 2013, and then with many county clerks and recorders taking it upon themselves to issue marriage licenses to any loving, adult couples in Colorado, regardless of sexual orientation.


Klingenschmitt penned this newsletter in reaction to a bill Congressman Polis introduced in the US House of Representatives, which mirrors existing Colorado law including gender identity and sexual orientation in employment non-discrimination protections; an issue that is of basic fairness and supported by an overwhelming majority of Coloradans.





50 thoughts on “Dr. Chaps: Jared Polis Wants To Behead America’s Christians

  1. Does Ryan Call read this blog?  

    Hey Ryan>> Do you think that Rep. Polis is soon to start beheading Christians?  Do you think he'll start with GOP-Christians (in which case are you sure its not Republicans he is after?) or just kind of willy-nilly?  

      1. You probably won't hear from CO Peak Politics on Klingenschmitt's crazy talk – the GOP "regular folks" thought that Klingenschmitt would be less embarrassing to the Party than the alternative, Dave Williams.

        Plus it was revenge,b/c Williams went up against their party leaders. So, El Paso County GOP got what they wished for – good luck with that. 

        Just glanced at the Peak – all they have is more "Dems politicize flooding tragedy" nonsense.  

        The Colorado Observer is wacko enough to give Klingenschmitt some good press. 

    1. …only took three days for the odious stank that is the GOP base's pick to be a leader of the party as an elected legislator, to waft up to Ryan's nostrils and provoke a response… "Who us?  Batshit or Chickenshit? No way, uhhh, Joespeh."

  2. This guy is frighteningly crazy, perhaps dangerously crazy. I wonder if the Republican Party really understands that widespread publicity about this one candidate of theirs could harm many other Republican candidates this fall. Perhaps all ads supporting Democratic candidates should slip in a little Dr Chaps to help illustrate how extreme the Republican Party has become.

  3. I’ve said it before. And I’ll say it again: he is the perfect fit for the county that has given us Charlie Duke, Dave Schulthies, Doug Bruce, the Shirtless Sheriff, the meth preacher Haggard and the entire Tebedo family. I see nothing wrong w/ this picture.

  4. The Colorado GOP just keeps getting crazier.  Indeed, GOP "House Crazies" in the state legislature of the early '80s were pretty tame compared to the latest batch! John Andrews took it up a notch in the '90s, now we have Dr Chaps. 

  5. If you Colorado Springs people don't want to have this clown elected, it's up to you to get the word out. As far as I can tell, the Colorado Springs papers – the Gazette and the Independent – don't carry Klingenschmitt's outlandish rantings at all.  Perhaps it's time the people of the Springs recognize how really crazy their would-be representative is.

    Of course, you can also contribute and volunteer for Klingenschmitt's Democratic opponent,  Lois Fornander.

    1. Update on Fornander, Klingenschmitt's HD-15 opponent: I spoke with a Democratic party official from the Springs area yesterday, at the Colorado State Fair. 

      According to him,  Fornander's polling at 45% against Klingenschmitt, so your contribution or volunteerism or nagging the local press to cover Kling's insanity could make a difference. 

      Conventional wisdom has been wrong before in the Springs. Conventional wisdom, even shared by Pols here, was that there was "no way" Klingenschmitt would ever make the ballot. (just too crazy, right?)

       Conventional Democratic wisdom says that Fornander is a placeholder with no chance. Conventional wisdom is about to be upended in this bizarro-world election year. 


  6. Does ISIS let gay Jews join? I didn't realize that.


    I'm pretty sure that no matter how much ISIS hates Christians, they hate Jews and gays at least as much.



    1. Logic and intellect are not his strong suits. Hatred, divisiveness and baiting, on the other hand…

      An honor to have you among us, Rep. Polis. Please keep fighting the good fight, for all of us.

  7. It would be fun to start demanding all the GOP candidates denounce him like they've always loved to do to Dems.  Back in 2008 it seemed like not a minute went by that they didn't come up with something they wanted all the Dem pols to denounce.

    1. Not a bad idea at all. Promote this  (just send a link) to the shows independent voters watch, like Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Colbert Report, SNL. They'll get some laughs out of it, and it will help spread the word amongst voters in HD15. 

  8. This really does reflect poorly on the military. They recruit clowns like this so they can make soldiers going into war do stupid shit and feel like they are on dog's side.

    Military needs to get rid of the chaplaincy except as adjunct to mental health

    1. The Navy felt the same way (that Klingenschmitt reflected poorly on them). It's why they forced Klingenschmitt to resign. He was insubordinate, insisting on wearing his Navy chaplain's uniform to political events. He still says it's all about how they suppressed his "Praying in Jesus' Name", though. 

      As far as getting rid of the chaplaincy, I don't know. Seems to me soldiers need everything they can get to help them get through their jobs without going nucking futs. 

        1. It was two days after "Split Estate" aired on the Planet Green Network that Kathy resigned. Some of the big guns at the CPA and at COGA had already been embarrassed enough by Kathy and weren't very fond of her. I think she was asked to leave by some very powerful people. But I can't prove it….

  9. Is it wrong that I am really enjoying watching Klingenschmitt get drenched with ice water in his phony "apology" to Polis?

    Klingenschmitt says it was all "hyperbole". He didn't mean that Polis would really behead Christians – hey, it's a literary device.   Those darn Democrats just lack a sense of humor, unlike jolly Dr. Chapstick.

    So I'll continue watching him drench himself with ice water, and imagine that he's drenching himself with something else. I guess I do have a sense of humor, after all.


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